Saturday, December 30, 2006

Quick observation from West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W. Va.

UConn suffered its first loss, 81-71, just a few hours ago to West Virginia.
Things to keep in mind: The Big East season is quick, but this remains just one game.
Doug Wiggins did play well, a small footnote for the Huskies, though.
South Florida is a different type of team and UConn will return to the friendly confines of the Hartford Civic Center for that one Tuesday.
The key to the game, though, besides Frank Young's 22 points and West Virginia's 1-3-1 zone, was someone who only thrives in head coach John Beilein's system.
Sophomore forward Joe Alexander did everything needed to produce the win.
He played the top of the 1-3-1, remained athletic in the zone as well as on the boards, and finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
The 6-foot-8 Alexander was a solid prospect at Hargrave Military, but what distinguishes him from the rest of the players who attended Hargrave is that Alexander "is" Beilein's type of player.
He is one of the more underrated players in the Big East and will probably only remain a blip on the conference radar this season.
The future may be different.

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